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Proposed cuts to food stamps could affect thousands of Wisconsinites

Posted: 6:27 PM, Sep 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 19:27:14-04

GREEN BAY -- A proposal from the Trump Administration would end food stamp benefits for some in Wisconsin. About 25,000 to 63,000 Wisconsinites could be affected.

At Paul's Pantry, the largest food pantry in the state of Wisconsin, nearly 18,000 pounds of food are given away per day, five days a week.

"Thanks to our community, a very generous community, we're able to do what we do day in and day out,” said Paul's Pantry Executive Director, Craig Robbins.

The hard fact remains, the USDA says nearly 11% of U.S. households still have a hard time putting food on the table.

The Trump Administration is proposing to cut food stamp benefits to fix a loop hole and ensure that those who need the assistance most get it. In response, places like Paul’s Pantry say they have to be ready.

"With this proposed tightening of the snap program we may see some more people,” said Robbins. “We're prepared for an increase and have an emergency plan for worst case scenario, but we are prepared for any type of increase."

For now, food pantries across the state will stay busy and continue providing assistance, regardless of the federal government’s potential next move. Paul’s Pantry served more than 47,000 families last year, a number they say went down slightly for the first time since the Great Recession.